Sudan forces disperse Khartoum protesters with live fire
London, June 3, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Sudanese security forces have used live ammunition in a major operation to disperse protesters in central Khartoum, witnesses and Arab television stations have reported.
A medical association affiliated with protesters said at least nine people had been killed and dozens injured in the attack on a sit-in in the city. Other estimates put the death toll at 10.
The news of the crackdown sparked sporadic unrest around Khartoum. Thousands of protesters were reported to have blocked roads with stones and burning tyres in Omdurman, the twin city neighbouring the Sudanese capital.
Smoke was seen rising from several locations in Khartoum and at least one bridge across the Nile was reported to have been blocked by burning tyres
The sit-in has been the centre of a campaign to bring democratic reform to Sudan, which has been ruled by a military committee since the fall of the dictator Omar al-Bashir in April.
Witnesses reported that security forces belonging to the feared Rapid Support Forces (RSF) had surrounded and entered hospitals, firing weapons, beating medical staff and injuring protesters.
“The protesters holding a sit-in in front of the army general command are facing a massacre in a treacherous attempt to disperse the protest,” said the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the group that spearheaded nationwide protests that started in December.
Live images broadcast by Arab television stations showed tents used by the protesters on fire, as other demonstrators ran away from the scene. There were reports of heavy and sustained gunfire at the protest site, which is in front of the defence ministry, and elsewhere in Khartoum
A witness living in the Burri neighbourhood in east Khartoum said he could “hear the sound of gunfire and I see a plume of smoke rising from the area of the sit-in”.
There were also reports of security forces breaking up demonstrations elsewhere in Sudan, though it was unclear if there had been casualties.
Foreign journalists in Khartoum said they were being confined to a hotel by unidentified security personnel.
The SPA said the attacks were a “bloody massacre” and called on Sudanese people to take part in “total civil disobedience” to topple the military council and for people for take to the streets to protest. (G.UK)